The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, recently released its final standings for the 40th annual Wells Fargo Cup for the 2018-19 sports seasons.
The award recognizes high schools from around the state that achieve the best overall athletic performance.
Marvin Ridge was the overall winner of the 3A classification, taking the title from Weddington who still finished second, but were 132.5 points behind the Mavs after the final tally.
The Mavs dominated the spring season, nearly doubling their fall and winter totals in the final third of the season alone.
Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in its own classification.
Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third and so on. In the event of a tie, schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings.
Marvin Ridge finished with 702 points, well ahead of runner-up Weddington, who finished with 570.
The Mavs came into the spring with state championships already in hand from the volleyball and boys swimming teams.They had also already earned a runner-up finish in boys soccer.
This spring, they earned second-place finishes in baseball and boys tennis, along with a second-place tie in girls lacrosse. They also came away with a third-place finish in boys golf; a third-place tie in both boys lacrosse and softball and a fifth-place finish in girls track and field. Marvin Ridge earned points in all but one spring sport to jump past defending champion Weddington.
Weddington won state championships from the boys track and field team and boys lacrosse teams. The Warriors earned first-place finishes in boys track, baseball and boys and girls lacrosse.
Cuthbertson earned just one first-place finish in girls track and field, but was consistent throughout.
The finals 3A standings were: Marvin Ridge (702.5), Weddington (570), Cuthbertson (512.5), Chapel Hill (492.5), Charlotte Catholic (467.), Northern Guilford (381.5), Mount Tabor (376.5), East Chapel Hill (372.5), Conley (305) and Hillside (287.5).
No other county school earned a top-10 finish of their classification.
In the N.C. Independent Schools Association, which runs a very similarly scored Wells Fargo Cup of their own, Metrolina Christian more than held their own.
The Warriors placed ninth overall in the 4A division with 277.5 points. They had 65 in the fall, 57.5 in the winter and turned it on in the spring with 155 points.
Charlotte Latin won the 4A division with 715 points. The Hawks were followed by Country Day (622.5), Providence Day (620), Metrolina (277.5), Charlotte Christian (237.5) and Covenant Day (195).